Let’s help cure those mid-week blues with more fresh tracks as part of Pick Your Poison. There’s some great downloads in this set from The Burgeoning, Mood Robot, Morningbell, Trails and Ways as well as Vince Staples. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Anna of the North, Car Seat Headrest, CEO, Chet Porter (ft. Chelsea Cutler), EZTV, Helena Deland, Isaiah Rashad, Loch Lomond, Ryan Playground, Sam Evian, Say Lou Lou (covering the Bee Gees) and WILLS.
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How’s everybody doing now that there’s lots of new Frank Ocean in our lives? Yes, after all the intense pressure from music fans who seemingly refused to wait for the man to complete his next record, in the last few days we’ve gotten not one, but TWO new Frank Ocean albums. The first came on Thursday night with the release of Endless, which classifies more as a “visual album” than something more traditional. Shortly after it’s release via an exclusive at Apple Music, there was word going around that Endless was only the beginning, and there was another Ocean album on the way that’d be released over the weekend. We’ve heard this story and been fooled before, so there was no point in believing it until it landed in our laps. So in the later part of Saturday, Blond(e) arrived. There’s still a bit of confusion over the title, as the cover has it stylized as Blond but the listing on Apple Music says Blonde. However it’s spelled, it’s another new (and arguably much more official) Frank Ocean release. No visual components to this one, save for a video for the song “Nikes” that came out the night before the actual album drop. So yeah, it’s been an exciting few days for Ocean fans. I’m excited to give both records deep listens and close analysis in the near future. If you’re still itching for some hot new music action though, I’ve got a treat for you in today’s Pick Your Poison. There’s some great downloads in this set from The Chairman Dances, Crushed Out, This Frontier Needs Heroes and UMFANG. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Big Gigantic (ft. Logic & Rozes), Clearance, Forth Wanderers, Girlboss, Julia Jacklin, Mick Jenkins, PAPA, Racing Heart, Suburban Living, Swet Shop Boys, The Tallest Man on Earth and Weaves (covering The Beatles).
Before another weekend arrives, let’s take stock of the week and celebrate a bit with another edition of Pick Your Poison. This time you’ll want to focus on downloads from Chasms, Earl Sweatshirt (ft. Knowledge), Kadhja Bonet and Marching Church. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Adam Torres, American Wrestlers, Axis: Sova, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Daniel Wilson, El Perro Del Mar, Four Star Riot, Liberation, Miya Folick, PWR BTTM, Southern Shores and WELL$ (ft. Sylvan Esso).
This week is starting to feel like the doldrums of August for whatever reason. Maybe it’s the thought that summer will be unofficially ending in a couple of weeks and that kids are going back to school, but after a fun and moderately exciting summer I suppose this relative calm can be a little nice. Gives me a chance to catch up on some things. If you’ve got the time, there’s still plenty of new music to go around and I’m proud to present that to you each week in the form of Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Dinowalrus, Eux Autres, Lacrymosa, Picnic Lightning and Suntrodden. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Banks & Steelz, et aliae (ft. Cuushe), GRiZ (ft. Leo Napier), The Head and the Heart, Hello Shark, Jamie Isaac, Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan (covering The Misfits), Low Culture, Nicole Dollanganger, Pillow Person, Psychic Twin and more!
Let’s get this week off to a strong start, shall we? There’s a brand new edition of Pick Your Poison just waiting for your consumption below. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Against Me!, Bobby Shoebotham, Crushed Out and The Recipe (ft. Talib Kweli & Spark Master Tape). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Arjuna Genome, Big Gigantic (ft. Jennifer Hartswick), Bobby Krlic, Grapell, I Have A Tribe, MADEIRA, Myrkur, NOTS, The Orb, Psychic TV, Supersilent and more!
The waiting game for this new Frank Ocean record has been fun so far, right? There was all this talk that it would be released last Friday, spurred in part by some videos and activity happening on Ocean’s website, but the day came and went with no new record to show for it. Today I heard a rumor that it might not be out until November. Whenever it shows up, we’ll make sure to give it a listen. Or ten listens. The most important thing to understand is that creativity cannot be rushed, and that new Frank Ocean album isn’t something we can pressure him into releasing, especially if it’s not up to his standards yet. While you wait, why not discover something new? That’s what Pick Your Poison is all about. There are some great downloads in this set from Honeybucket, The Minders, Owls of the Swamp and Sunset Harbinger. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from The Album Leaf, Carl Broemel, The Handsome Family, JEFF the Brotherhood (ft. Alicia Bognanno), Kate Nash, Leagues, Lydia Loveless, MYZICA, Shy Layers, Teeth & Tongue and much more!
Let’s get this week start out right with some top notch new music for your listening pleasure! There are some fantastic downloads in this set from Ben Millburn, Curse of Lono, Noname (ft. Raury & Cam Obi) and Protomartyr. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Ages and Ages, Cafe Lanai, Carla dal Forno, Cass McCombs, Cheena, D.R.A.M., Eola, Golden Suits, Jacques Greene, Katie Gately, Kishi Bashi and Minden.
Let’s jump right into today’s Pick Your Poison, shall we? There are some great downloads in this set from Eyelid Kid, Karman, Noname (ft. Xavier Omar) and This Frontier Needs Heroes. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Ariana Grande, Bonnie Banane, Exploded View, Father John Misty, Hoops, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jeff Tweedy, Purling Hiss, serpentwithfeet, Swet Shop Boys and Ta-ku & Wafia.
Yikes. Four full days of music festival-ing sure does take a lot out of you. Lollapalooza 2016 has come and gone, and for the most part it was a success. It’ll be back in Chicago next summer, once again at an excessive four days. While I attempt to rest and recover, please enjoy these brand new tracks as part of today’s Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Bobby Shoebotham, Jlin, Joe Sampson and The Medicine Hat. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Biosphere, Charlotte Day Wilson, Douglas Dare, Mercury Girls, Milemarker, Nas & Erykah Badu, NOTS, Pfarmers, Slothtrust, Terribly Yours, Yohuna and Your Friend (covering James Blake).
Lollapalooza kicks off tomorrow. There’s no real way to prepare for four full days of music, but if you’re headed to Grant Park do make sure to check out my preview guide, which features 25 artists from the lineup you should go out of your way to try and see. If you’re not going to Lollapalooza, perhaps some new music will keep you busy this weekend? Don’t miss downloads in this set from The Chairman Dances, Cheshires, Shapes On Tape and The Shondes. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Banks & Steelz, DIANA, inc. no world, Jenny Hval, Lil Yachty, The Linedots, MisterWives (covering Chance the Rapper), Moor Mother, Motel Radio, Mykki Blanco, Russian Circles and Tele Novella.
As I work to finish shaking off this cold I contracted following the Pitchfork Music Festival, it’s time to start preparing for yet another music festival taking over Chicago this upcoming weekend – Lollapalooza. Keep an eye out on this site for my preview guide coming up in the next day or two. In the meantime, there’s plenty more new music for you to enjoy with this edition of Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Bodies Be Rivers, The Brood, Fiance, Lennart Richter (ft. American Mag) and Mackenzie Shivers. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Bellows, Big Gigantic (ft. Pell), Carl Broemel, Dawg Yawp, Die Antwoord, The Game (ft. Jeremih), Myrkur (covering Bathory), Natural Child, of Montreal, Regina Spektor, Skrillex & Rick Ross and more!
It only figures that after an exciting and intense full weekend of live music, I’d wind up getting sick. Haven’t had a summer cold in about 10 years, but this one came rolling in yesterday and it’s left me feeling absolutely terrible. So let me just pass this set of songs along before climbing back into bed. Highlights include downloads from Blanck Mass, Hollis Brown, Poolside and The Shondes. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Dent May, Dogbreth, JEFF the Brotherhood, Mild High Club, Mood Hut, PWR BTTM, Sleigh Bells, Spirit Club, S U R V I V E, Thunder Tillman and more!
Well, it was a weekend. The Pitchfork Music Festival once again rocked my world. If you were there I hope it was an equally enjoyable experience. Check out full coverage right here. As I attempt to rest up and recover, here’s another collection of tracks for your listening pleasure. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Cotton Mather, Japancakes, Maps & His Mothball Fleet and Vick Lejet. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Banks & Steelz, Dreller, The Handsome Family, The Head and The Heart, Jamila Woods (ft. Noname), Julia Jacklin, Kishi Bashi, Leagues, POP ETC (covering Sam Cooke), R.L. Kelly, SHaron Jones & the Dap-Kings and Zeds Dead x Diplo (ft. Elliphant).
The 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival kicks off tomorrow afternoon, and this is one more reminder to keep an eye here on this site for full coverage. All the previews are up in case you’re going, and you’ll also be able to read daily recaps as the weekend progresses. Photos will be happening too. For every post related to this year’s festival, this link should take care of all your needs. Now then let’s get to the final Pick Your Poison of the week. Don’t miss downloads in this set from BOYO, Elysia Crampton, Tanners Pool and Yvonne McDonnell. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Beach Slang, Flock of Dimes, Fraternal Twin, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Kady Rain, Katie Dey, Mothers, PAPA, Preoccupations, Roosevelt, Shy Girls and Ultimate Painting.
Have you been keeping an eye on Pitchfork Music Festival Week? We’re in full preview mode right now in preparation for the weekend. If you’ve missed them, here are the guides for Friday and Saturday, along with audio streams for every single artist on the lineup. The Sunday preview guide goes up tomorrow, followed by recaps of the weekend. I hope you’ll follow along! Of course if you’re just here for the free downloads and Soundcloud streams, there’s always a new edition of Pick Your Poison to keep you entertained. Don’t miss tracks in this set from Craig Williams, J Hacha De Zola, Justice, Spirit City and Victoria Monet (ft. Ariana Grande). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Alex Rose, Allie X, Body Language, Diners, Factory Floor, Golden Suits, Jamila Woods (ft. Chance the Rapper), Madeira, Promises Ltd., Warehouse and much more!